Dredd – DVD Review

Karl Urban is Dredd.

Just needed to get that out of the way. Sylvester Stallone has nothing on Urban. This film was so simple but so frickin’ effective the visuals are stunning the acting from the three leads is perfect and comic book movies just keep getting better and better. Dredd was by far one of my favourite movies last year and now its on DVD so I can watch it again.

Set in Mega City One the story revolves around Judge Dredd, a law enforcer who has the power of Judge, Jury and Executioner and a young psychic rookie, Judge Cassandra Anderson. The pair are called to Peach Trees, a 200-storey slum ruled by Ma-Ma a drug lord who is responsible for the creation and distribution of new recreational drug Slo-Mo. When Ma-Ma finds out she has judges in her tower she orders a lockdown and tells the citizens she rules over to take the judges down or get out of the way, and so begins the fight to the top of the building for Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson.

With a plot line and main objective so clean cut and simple, the 95-minute film has plenty of time to have awesome fire-fights (and I do mean fire-fights), a little bit of back story (though none would suffice), and just the right amount of character development from both Dredd (Karl Urban) and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). Lena Headey plays the drug-addled and psychotic Ma-Ma perfectly.

Stunning visual effects, near flawless acting, and enough explosions and gunfire to make any guy’s day. Dredd is the perfect man-movie.

5 Stars

Dredd will be out on DVD March 13

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The Watch – DVD Review

When you see the cast, Stiller, Vaughn, Hill and Ayoade… you think “cool, that might be pretty good”.

When you see that it’s a movie about a neighbourhood watch group taking on aliens… you think “ok, that sound strange but yeah… it might be alright”.

When you see the movie you’ll think… “That was a god awful movie… I want my money back”.

The Watch is out on DVD now and this is a review… but also a warning… to not buy it. If you absolutely must see it… rent it… on like cheap tuesday or something. This movie is not worth the disc it’s burnt to.

 

Ben Stiller plays a Wal Mart manager who has his life pretty much sorted for him in the quiet community he lives in. But when the night security guard is killed at his store he forms a neighbourhood watch group to find the killer since the police don’t seem to care. The group attacks only three other members, Vince Vaughn as a seemingly single Dad who has a rebellious teenage daughter, Jonah Hill plays a high school drop out who failed to make it as a police cadet and Richard Ayoade as an odd british man who is new to the neighbourhood. A couple of sex jokes and useless profanity later they discover that an alien is responsible and a few more sex jokes and useless profanities later the movie is over. Slight twist that I won’t give away but in the long run. Nothing really happens.

Some bits are slightly funny but overall. Steer well clear of this movie. If you want a good aliens-attack-neighbourhood movie… see Attack the Block.

 

Just terrible… 1 Star

The Watch is out now on DVD… but don’t bother.

NFB Update

Howdy all, been a while…

Been off for a while, with assignments and all but back for the Summer from now on! And why not? Summer is the time of movies! To catch up on everything here is a update of things that have been missed on NFB over the past few weeks…

  • The ultimate Marvel team-up is building up speed as the trailer for 2012’s The Avengers hits Cinemas and the Internet.
  • Also on the topic of the mighty mighty director, Joss Whedon. It has been announced that he had just completed a mystery film project entitled Much Ado About Nothing… yes thats right, the incredible writer of our time, joined forces with the incredible writer of yester-year! Bellweather Pictures released a Press Release regarding the film…
    • Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors ñ some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.

      Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the worldís least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter ñ to the text, to the cast, even to the house itís shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash,” MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.

      The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy.

      http://www.muchadothemovie.com
      muchadothemovie@gmail.com

      The Players:
      Amy Acker – Beatrice
      Alexis Denisof – Benedick
      Nathan Fillion – Dogberry
      Clark Gregg – Leonato
      Reed Diamond – Don Pedro
      Fran Kranz – Claudio
      Sean Maher – Don John
      Spencer Treat Clark – Borachio
      Riki Lindhome – Conrade
      Ashley Johnson – Margaret
      Emma Bates – Ursula
      Tom Lenk – Verges
      Nick Kocher – First Watchman
      Brian McElhaney – Second Watchman
      Joshua Zar – Leonatoís aide
      Paul M. Meston – Friar Francis
      Romy Rosemont – The Sexton
      And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero

  • Harry Potter DVD’s will cease to exist on shelves by the end of the year… Warner Bros. are taking a page out of Disney’s book and stopping prints of Harry Potter DVD’s on December 29th. This will no doubt mean a re-release in the future sometime, similar to the re-birth of the Lion King in the last few weeks. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 goes on sale November 11… So get in quick!
  • Bryan Singer could be on par with my greatest movie-making villain, Joel Schumacher, when he directs his version of Battlestar Galactica. The director previously killed a series (that, given was not amazing beforehand) in Superman. In turn he gave up the direction of X-Men: The Last Stand (Another Franchise Killer) to work on Superman Returns.
  • The Adventures of Tintin premiered in Belgium on the 22nd of October, it’s set to screen in the UK on the 26th of October, India in November, the US, December 21st, and Australia… The 26th of December… Once again everyone… Australia is last to see a movie… (Vengeance maybe for Harry Potter DHP2?).
  • Sony Pictures have secured the rights for an Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation… Assassin’s Creed joins, the development at Sony, who are also working on adaptations for InFAMOUS and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
  • Brad Bird plans Incredibles sequel… But wants it to be in the same vein as Toy Story 2, not a complete sell out… I’m proud of you Brad.
Coming Out Today in Australian Cinemas
In Time
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Warrior
Drive
DVD Releases this Week
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Fringe: Season 3
V: Season 2
The Mentalist: Season 3
NFB returns completely Next Week…

Forecast – Week 19, 2011

Every Tuesday a forecast will be released focusing on the Movies coming out in Cinemas and the DVD’s that will hit your local shelves this week.

CINEMA

BURKE AND HARE

Based on the true story about the famous murderers, ‘Burke And Hare’ follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies

INSIDIOUS

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

YOUR HIGHNESS

When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 12th of May.

DVD

TANGLED

Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. Your whole family will get tangled up in the fun, excitement and adventure of this magical motion picture.

When the kingdom’s most wanted – and most charming – bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower – 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense.

Let your hair down and get ready to cheer for Tangled!

HIGHLANDER 2 – DIRECTOR’S CUT: RENEGADE VERSION

It’s time for a new kind of magic

Set in 2024, Earth is deteriorating under a depleting ozone layer. Only two men can save the day, Connor McLeod and his swashbuckling mentor Ramirez, as the immortals gather to battle once more.

Special Features:

  • Fabric of Highlander
  • Music of Highlander
  • Redemption of Highlander
  • The Renagade: Seduced by Argentina

HIGHLANDER 3: THE SORCERER

The immortal protector has become the fearless hunted.

Pursued across time by a ruthless arch rival, the immortal Highlander, Connor McLeod, must take a heroic stand in order to rid Earth of the unstoppable Kane.

THE DILEMMA

From the Academy Award®-Winning team of director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer comes The Dilemma a “bromantic” comedy that proves that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. The Dilemma features an all-star comedic cast including Vince Vaughn (Couples Retreat, Wedding Crashers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups), Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, He’s Just Not That Into You), Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Star Trek), Queen Latifah (Hairspray, Chicago) and Channing Tatum (The Eagle, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) in a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps.

These movies will hit your shelves on Wednesday the 11th of May. The Dilemma goes on sale Thursday the 12th of May.